WAYNE – In the month of April, over 25 Wayne community members and staff from area mental health agencies participated in a community conversation to build a mental health literate community.
The conversation will continue with another meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the Niobrara Room on the campus of Wayne State College. This will aim at developing community-based solutions that not only attract behavioral health and mental health professionals, but also help them stay and set down roots in the community.
According to a release from the host, Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network (NeNEBHN), the meeting is focused on what communities can do to lay out the proverbial welcome mat by developing plans concerning housing, financial incentives and community supports for behavioral health, mental health professionals and students.
Another item that was addressed pertained to how communities like Wayne can focus on erasing the stigma of mental and behavioral health. Then, how to integrate both into a regular part of the way people look at health care.
Participants who attended the April conversion were representatives from Wayne State College, Wayne Community Schools, public health, local government, economic development, graduate students, mental health care professionals and researches along with concerned citizens.
Wayne was chosen to be one of the Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network’s focus communities within the 24-county region for a number of reasons. Those included the presence of Wayne State College and the multiple programs they offer that foster mental health care professional education and development.
For those who would like to attend the Niobrara Room in the Kanter Student Center, contact Traci Bruckner at firstname.lastname@example.org.